Saturday, 16 May 2020 2 Timothy 2:1-13
“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” -2 Timothy 2:3
As Paul writes to Timothy giving him instructions on how to conduct and train himself as a good minister of Christ, there are lessons for every believer today. God’s Word gives us the wisdom to live well—for if we live wisely, we can leave behind enduring marks along our life’s journey which cannot be erased by time. Good works of a righteous man follow him to eternity. Rev. 19:8: “And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” A life well-lived requires certain disciplines in life. Paul, as he writes this letter to Timothy at the time of his imprisonment in Rome, makes this fact clear to Timothy. To explain this, he uses three examples from life:
A Soldier (2Tim 2:3)
An Athlete (2Tim 2:5)
A Farmer (2Tim 2:6)
All three examples give us a clear understanding of how to operate and live in order to achieve the goal of our life.
The soldier is called to fight for the kingdom he belongs to. As Christians, we are called to fight for the Kingdom of His Son Jesus Christ which is the kingdom of Light. But to be on the battlefield, we need real discipline in life, without which a soldier will not prevail. Enthusiasm will bring one to the field of activity but discipline will make him endure in the battle. Endurance can be had only when we are focused and disciplined. Christian discipline matures a person and separates him from the normal course of life. He will be only tuned to the voice of his Captain! 2Tim. 2:4: “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”